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CHURCH OF THE HOLY SIGN in Tsarskoe Selo (2a Sadovaya Street, Pushkin), an architectural monument in the Baroque style of the reign of Anna Ioannovna. It was built according to the plans of architect M. G. Zemtsov with the assistance of I. Y. Blank, close to the Catherine Palace in 1734-36, on the site of the wooden Holy Annunciation Church, which had been burnt down. A single dome basilica with a belfry is adorned with pilasters along the facade. The Сhurch of the Holy Sign was completed in 1747. In 1772-73, a marble portico was constructed (architect V. I. Neelov); in 1865-66, the cupola and the belfry were remodeled (architect A. F. Vidov), and in 1898-99 the Imperial Wing was attached (architect S. A. Danini). The church relics included the Icon of the Holy Sign (today kept in the church of St. Petersburg School of Theology). In 1944, the church was closed down. It was restored in 1960-62 (architect M. M. Plotnikov), in 1991 the church was returned to the faithful.

References: Мещанинов М. Ю. Храмы Царского Села, Павловска и их ближайших окрестностей. СПб., 2000. С. 32-40.

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Blank Ivan (Jogann)Yakovlevich
Danini Silvio Amvrosievich
Neelov Vasily Ivanovich
Plotnikov Mikhail Mikhailovich
Vidov Alexander Fomich
Zemtsov Mikhail Grigorievich

Sadovaya Street/Pushkin, town, house 2, litera л. А

Мещанинов М. Ю. Храмы Царского Села, Павловска и их ближайших окрестностей. СПб., 2000

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May. The laying of the foundation stone of the Znamenskaya Church (the Church of the Holy Sign) it was built in 1747, according to the design by M.G. Zemtsov
Source: Tsarskoe Selo


May. The celebratory transferring of the Miracle-Working Icon of the Mather of God "The Holy Sign", especially esteemed by persons of the House of the Romanovs, from Petersburg to Tsarskoye Selo with 3-day icon-bearing procession took place
Source: Tsarskoe Selo


8 September. During the religious service in the Znamenskaya Church (the Church of the Holy Sign) Empress Elizabeth had a heart
Source: Tsarskoe Selo


12 May. In the Catherine Palace was a fire having damaged the part of the Main halls and the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, in the presence of Emperor Alexander I
Source: Tsarskoe Selo


12 March. Tsarskoye Selo's coat of arms, the gold monogram of Catherine I under the crown on the red field, was established. 25 May. A.S. Pushkin after the wedding with N.N
Source: Tsarskoe Selo


November. The monument to the architect F.B. Rastrelli, to the design of M.T. Litovchenko, was constructed near the circumferences of the Catherine Palace. 10 Decenber
Source: Tsarskoe Selo

Miracle-Working and Revered Icons (entry)

MIRACLE-WORKING AND REVERED ICONS. The most famous Miracle-Working icon of Our Lady of Kazan — the copy of the 16th century of the lost Miracle-Working icon of the same name, can now be seen in the Kazan Cathedral

Pushkin, town

PUSHKIN, a town and municipal unit situated south of Saint Petersburg. Known until 1918 as Tsarskoe Selo, and in 1918-37 as Detskoe Selo. As of 2002, population totalled approximately 95,000 inhabitants